NEW DELHI: Giving a push to the Railways’ ‘Mission Raftar’, a feasibility report is being prepared to increase the speed between Mumbai-Chennai and Howrah-Chennai to 160 kmph. Early this year in the Union Budget, two corridors—Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah—were sanctioned at a cost of Rs.21,000 crore. Railways now plans to get approval for these two sections in the next budget.
The plan is to launch the high-speed ‘golden quadrilateral’ by August 15, 2022, which will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence.
The Railway Board has started the process for initiating a feasibility study to assess detailed cost and requirement for infrastructure upgrade on the section.
The Railway Board has started the process for initiating a feasibility study to assess detailed cost and requirement for infrastructure upgrade on high-speed ‘golden quadrilateral’ section.
“The plan is to have a golden quadrilateral of high speed where trains run at 160 kmph, thus cutting down travel time between the four metro cities. These sectors have very high traffic and upgrade work will be required,” said a railway board officer.
Railway Board officials want all precautions and technology interventions in place for a train running at 160 kmph. Keeping this in mind, for the first time the Railways has decided to use `75-crore photographic track inspection systems to check derailments on the proposed section.
“Once the other two sections get approval, similar systems can be put in place to check derailment. The system will have high-definition infrared camera and will send live pictures of any wheel abnormalities to the control room at the nearest station. Besides, it can also check if there are any extended materials like doors of freight wagons hanging or any other material on the track and these can be corrected immediately,” the official added.
The plan is to install photographic inspection systems at 10 locations, each costing Rs.7.5 crore. The system is designed to monitor axle, wheel, brake temperatures and to indicate any overheating which could lead to derailments and transmits this data to the traffic control and monitoring section.